Christmas parties come in many shapes and sizes. This one had four legs. The Mayhew Home’s Tinsel & Tails extravaganza at St Paul’s Church, London W6 was a red carpet affair with candle-light, chilled fizz and celebs galore. We had a fabulous time. I also gleaned valuable tips on being the ultimate Christmas party animal.
1 Dress up for the occasion. Ditch the much-loved blanket and get into some glad rags, like Rufus and Bobby.
Here’s Evie in a red frock, a classic choice for Christmas.
2 Get some humans to volunteer for something eg giving readings and drawing raffles.
At this year’s Tinsel & Tails, Sylvia Syms and Beatie Edney did a mother-and-daughter routine, assisted by their Mayhew dogs Bunny and Billie. Peter Egan, fresh from guesting on Downton Abbey, read poetry while his pooches provided vocal encouragement.
3 Have a bit of a sing-song. Georgian choir Maspindzeli sang a few numbers, while The Great British Bark-Off competed at the back of the church.
4 Don’t invite cats. They always climb the tree and raid the buffet.
5 Make sure there’s plenty to drink. You don’t want to run out of the good stuff halfway through.
6 Watch out for gate-crashers. Big stars like Bill Bailey get their own bodyguard.
7 Have fun, but remember the true meaning of Christmas. When CEO Caroline Yates outlined the Mayhew’s work at home and abroad in countries such as Russia and Afghanistan, there was scarcely a dry eye in the house.
Some less fortunate souls didn’t get to go the ball.
You can find out more about 17-month old Siberian Husky Amaruq by clicking here.
Alfie Moon had to live rough for years. But he’s a gentle boy who likes the quiet life. Find out more here.
Despite his name, Rambo is a sweet 4-year old cat who likes having his cheeks rubbed. Find out more here.
Honey is a 9-month old female Staffy crossbreed who arrived at The Mayhew because her owner was no longer able to look after her. She’s active, with a sensitive side. Find out more here.
Merry Christmas, one and all, and here’s hoping all these dogs and cats find forever homes in 2015.
As you can see, Evie is now partied out, but you’re invited to continue the Christmas Party Blog Hop with my fine blogger friends. Big thanks to Helen Hollick whose brainchild it is. Now follow on below for more fun. Look carefully. There’s even some party swag in there.
- Helen Hollick: “You are Cordially Invited to a Ball” (plus a giveaway prize)
- Alison Morton: Saturnalia surprise – a winter party tale (plus a giveaway prize)
- Andrea Zuvich: No Christmas For You! The Holiday Under Cromwell
- Ann Swinfen: Christmas 1586 – Burbage’s Company of Players Celebrates
- Anna Belfrage: All I want for Christmas (plus a giveaway)
- Clare Flynn: A German American Christmas
- Debbie Young: Good Christmas Housekeeping (plus a giveaway prize)
- Derek Birks: The Lord of Misrule – A Medieval Christmas Recipe for Trouble
- Edward James: An Accidental Virgin and An Uninvited Guest
- Fenella J. Miller: Christmas on the Home front (plus a giveaway prize)
- J. L. Oakley: Christmas Time in the Mountains 1907 (plus a giveaway prize)
- Jude Knight: Christmas at Avery Hall in the Year of Our Lord 1804
- Julian Stockwin: Join the Party
- Juliet Greenwood: Christmas 1914 on the Home Front (plus a giveaway)
- Lauren Johnson: Farewell Advent, Christmas is come – Early Tudor Festive Feasts
- Lucienne Boyce: A Victory Celebration
- Nancy Bilyeau: Christmas After the Priory (plus a giveaway prize)
- Nicola Moxey: The Feast of the Epiphany, 1182
- Peter St John: Dummy’s Birthday
- Regina Jeffers: Celebrating a Regency Christmas (plus a giveaway prize)
- Richard Abbott: The Hunt – Feasting at Ugarit
- Saralee Etter: Christmas Pudding – Part of the Christmas Feast
- Stephen Oram: Living in your dystopia: you need a festival of enhancement…(plus a giveaway prize)
- Suzanne Adair: The British Legion Parties Down for Yule 1780 (plus a giveaaway prize)
- Lindsay Downs: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Thank you for joining in, and see you in the New Year.
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